29 March 2009
The first time I was probably aware that I was looking for information was during my PhD. I had to find the context of my project and spent time in Chemical Abstracts looking for it. I used keywords that seemed appropriate and discovered the first truth of information searching – that the abstracts above and below the one you are looking for are always more interesting. I never questioned how the keywords had been arrived at and how they were allocated to the papers I eventually read. It was how things were done. I got the information I needed and used it.